Millennials arrived at the party too late - our world is on the brink of environmental catastrophe, and we continue to deny it. Bright Summer Night brings together a motley group of teenagers at a house party in the bewildering heat of New Zealand summer. Break-ups, new love, drugs, and amateur theatre all make this one chaotic event as the characters attempt to forget their issues, whether personal or global.
The storyline is inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but the modern setting re-contextualises the play’s themes of escapism, environmentalism, sexuality, and consent. Just like the world they live in, we see some of the characters are determined to keep dreaming; putting off tomorrow to indulge in the night.
We’ve shot a sample scene from Bright Summer Night to show the tone and feel we’re creating. It’s not a full episode, but a taste of the style of the series. Watch the video in the link above.
Please Note: This video was originally created for the pitch to NZ On Air in order to capture the tone of the potential series of ‘Bright Summer Night’. The scene, and the actors featured in this video and in promotional material may not be the final actors for these parts in the webseries.
We're Claris, Elsie, Minnie, and Sally and together we make up the creative team The Candle Wasters. The four of us, with the help of two incredible and dedicated cast/crews, made the vlogseries Nothing Much To Do and are currently releasing the Kickstarter-funded sequel series Lovely Little Losers.
We’ll be returning to YouTube next year with our third Shakespeare-inspired webseries Bright Summer Night, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For this series we will be working with experienced producer Bevin Linkhorn, and the wonderfully talented Robbie Nicol (White Man Behind A Desk). We are moving away from the in-world-camera style of storytelling, so we can explore different ways of portraying a story on screen. We want to make BSN a beautifully crafted webseries, above the standard of our previous projects. To be able to do this we require a bigger budget than we’ve had before and while we’re excited, we’re also incredibly nervous!!
We want to be straight up with you guys. We have already been granted $100,000 from NZ on Air funding towards the project, which is a vote of confidence from the New Zealand funding agency in the work that we're making. However our ambition for Bright Summer Night costs more than what we've been awarded, so we need to raise further money from other sources to ensure we can make the series we want. This is where you come in; you blew us away last Kickstarter! We're wondering if you guys can do it again, so we can make Bright Summer Night the very best it can possibly be. We will honestly be so grateful for any money you give us and we do not take any of this for granted.
Our ambitions are big for our new series. We're taking a step up to make drama drama - not just the vlogging style of NMTD and LLL. This gets us a little bit closer towards our goal of continuing to make awesome content for people to enjoy. Bright Summer Night will be our jobs for a good part of the next year. Up until now we've been able to make our series through the generosity of friends, family, and supporters; but it's time for us to start paying our cast and crew for their involvement in our work. And that takes money. We are incredibly grateful the NZ content funding agency NZ On Air supported our application, but that contribution doesn't meet our total budget.
We're hoping you can help us! We've got some stellar rewards to offer you in return for your support, including some old favourites.
We have yet to cast or begin writing Bright Summer Night, so rest assured we will keep everyone updated on the progress of our latest project through social media.
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Examples of Rewards:
You may notice that some of the similar rewards we had available last year have gone up in price, this is because the actual time or cost of creating them was more than we had expected them to be. Eeek. To remedy this, we had to adjust how much we had them available for. Speaking of rewards, we have not forgotten that we have a few of these from LLL (especially stretch goals) left to deliver to you guys! We’re hoping that we’ll be able to get more of them out by early next year so please don’t worry that we’ve forgotten, we will deliver what we’ve promised.
Let’s talk STRETCH GOALS!!
Fully funded ($20,000): A Q&A with The Candle Wasters
$30,000: A video of the NMTD/LLL cast/crew lip-syncing along to a song from Lovely Little Losers.
$50,000: An unreleased video from the filming of Nothing Much To Do where Bea and Ben sing a cover of a song together.
$100,000: We will live stream a reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the BSN cast/crew.
Where will the money we raise go?
We've got a production budget for Bright Summer Night that keeps costs to a minimum, but recognises the work that our collaborators put into the series.
We’re trying a whole lot of new things with Bright Summer Night. We’re making something we’ve not tried before, while keeping roots in Shakespeare. We’re super excited to get started on telling the story of the BSN characters and hope you all enjoy it!
Risks and challenges
We are committed to finishing Bright Summer Night and releasing it to the world in July 2016. We're also surrounding ourselves with a few industry professionals to help guide us through this new step we're taking - that will lower our risk of total failure (aaaah!) !
You will be able to follow our progress through early stages of writing, filming and post-production via our social media. We'll be upfront with you if we're finding any aspects of the production hard. We know BSN is going to challenge us, but we're up for it. It'll be hard work and we'll be making it the best we can possibly make it.
A challenge for us has been the delivery of some of the rewards from our previous Kickstarter (for LLL). Some of those rewards haven't been able to be delivered just yet because we have to balance their release with that of Lovely Little Losers. But we will be fulfilling them all! (and we are more prepared for reward releases with the BSN Kickstarter)
We're super keen to be taking on this new project. And we invite you to join the party!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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